• Andrea de Goias
    Andrea de Goias Researcher/Advisor

    Andrea de Goias is a qualified addictions counselor. She did her training at George Brown College in Toronto and her initial practical experience at CAMH. She has worked in the rehabilitation and recovery field since 1992. Her initial training in Hungary was in Philosophy and Liberal Arts. Her training in Toronto allowed her the international addictions certificate, ICADC. Andrea brings a deep understanding of philosophy and a highly spiritual impact to her work. Andrea uses her knowledge of The Arts extensively, being able to lead clients to look at themselves objectively using cinematographic art as her canvas. She can place anyone within a movie and get them to feel the emotions while also interpreting it within their own lifestyle. This has brought a significant contribution to the personal management system that Prometheum uses.

    Although the final presentation, the book, and the website has been produced by Albert, Andrea has had significant input into the rersearch and development. She has provided support, criticism, and her own perspective that either corrected or enhanced many of the detaile contained herein. Her understanding of philosophy, addictions and mental health, and her spirituality were essential components that cannot be dismissed lightly. They were powerful and insightful contributions.

  • ALBERT DE GOIAS Author/Mentor

    I researched and developed this approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing while a practising physician in Ontario, Canada. I presented the initial concepts at an international symposium in 1981 at the University of Pittsburg, and its development one year later by invitation to the International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, University of Pittsburg. I published a final dissertation in 1989 as the reference book, Understanding Change which is now rewritten for public use, again titled, “Understanding Change”. I chose this title and format because, in the 1980’s discussions about mental/emotional wellbeing were taboo.  No one wanted to open the subject but would consider an objective analysis.  The method and examinations evolved from that initial concept.

    This website allows me to offer guidance to as many people as possible to become self-regulated adults with discernment, have a depth of vision as a unique force of intelligence that must be shaped and developed, and embrace a dedication to the realization and stimulation of that force as a modus vivendi (a way of life).

    I have now retired as a physician and have emeritus status with the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Though I will participate occasionally in offering advice to my associates at the Prometheum Institute, a treatment facility for behavioural and emotional concerns, I am now fully engaged in promoting, supporting, and mentoring the Understanding Change idea through the book and this mentoring website.

It is important for us to know how we can expand ourselves to embrace the challenges that change introduces rather than avoid, appease, or try to stop what is an integral part of life.

Understanding Change is thus presented as a logic-based management technique that examines personal productivity and performance as expressions of mental/emotional function and advocates that this must be developed purposefully. It does not offer advice on or treatment of an existing medical condition. Rather, it aims to shift focus away from physical health and toward mental function as a metaphysical process. It works from the premise that mental function starts rudimentary at birth and builds through precise stimulation, not as a passive evolution. Therefore, it suggests that dysfunction is not a flaw or disease, but is an insufficiency, a condition that is easier to fill even if late than can a flaw be corrected even if early.

It examines life, morality, performance and health using the disciplines of medicine (including neuropathology), physics (including chaos theory), philosophy (including noology), and spirituality (including theology). Its basis, however, is mathematics, examining quantum mechanics and the development of the theory of relativity to explore change, understand its evolution and purpose, and disconnect the human essence from the vicissitudes of the material world. The ability to use this to uncover the spiritual essence of the self and develop a sense of purpose that is not tied to religion but does not detract from it forms the basis of its application.
The process of separating the essence of the person from the visible way of seeing reality and self allows everyone to reach the heights of personal inspiration or enlightenment he/she wants to strive for. It shows, for instance, that one cannot de-empty a glass; one can only fill it with what it does not have. In the same way, it is more productive to guide a person to build understanding and apply it appropriately than it is to try primarily to remove or suppress any of the moods or behaviours that are products of its lack. Thus, it does not attempt to infiltrate the beliefs of the viewer. Rather, it simply discusses reality from a different but logically acceptable position, and encourages the erudition and acceptance of self.


Building Self-Confidence and Self-Accountability.

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